Great value allrounder
I have the super cab, 3.0L TDi, 5 speed manual, 4x2 Hi-Rider 2008 model. Never owned a diesel vehicle before & I can't believe how smooth & punchy this engine is, especially considering the ute weighs over 1700 kg & can tow 3 tonne. I'm getting 8.8 to 9.5 L/100km regularly in the country depending how I drive it. Probably can't expect much better from an 11 year old vehicle with similar load carrying & towing capabilities. From the research I've done, sounds like the 3.0L motor may have been one of the best in the range.
Purchased in March 2019 for $7,000.00.
my ranger wont start, am using quick start, and its definitely over-fueling, black smoke on accelera
Family transport, used daily, serviced 6 monthly. When it didn't want to start i used quick start. However, the black smoke had started before that. Diagnostics in Kokstad said it was injectors but I'm failing to understand why it wont start without quick start?
About a year ago i had the problem of it not starting and the problem was related to the key remote but there was no black smoke. The rough idling or miss only comes in between 1800 - 2000 rpm then it goes away, still has power!
Wen very Reliable. Fuel economy not good but not terrible. Engine has been great. Got a glow plug problem that ford refuse to recognize. Transmission is about to give up again first time was at 85000 now at 234000 would not recommend it to anyone. All in all the ute has been brilliant. Very strong Engine and Gearbox but the box can't handle it for to long. I think it may be time for a New Ranger. Or a turbo Diesel Landcruiser
Nice reliable car
Smooth drive, reliable and smooth. Like to drive a lot so enjoy travelling in this vehicle. Interior is well appointed and it has a USB port which is a good feature. Fuel economy is ok but not great. Would recommend for off the road trips as well but can be a bit bumpy
Good car, great model, it that good in the long run, hope it doesn't come back Yano, kinda scary n Stuff, got better things to be doing. Let me finish this please she said she was like a good time to go back and I don't want you to know that you
Not perfect! But pretty darn good!
I've owned a PJ Ranger XL Supercab manual for 8 years now having bought it from the first owner in 2008.
We have other vehicles on the property Landcruiser wagon, HJ79 utility, Ford F350 4WD and diesel X-trail.
The ute was bought to tow our 19 foot tandem caravan as the F-350 was more suited to heavy farm duties, stock crate/stock trailer and fuel was so so for long runs. fitted with hi line ARB canopy, ECB bar 8 inch aftermarket alloys with larger 10:50 R 15 AT tyres.
The good, excellent engine, pulls from 1600rpm (even better with chip), 1...
The best truck I've owned heaps of power mines the 2wd high rider love it
The ranger rides so comfy i hop in the wifes pajero so uncomfortable feel every bump.
My ranger is ok on diesel but ive orderd a power chip . And doing the egr value. Cause the engine light come on thru the egr code up think it was 401. Ill be putting the 3 inch exhurst on it. May be ordering the idrive. Should go like a power house
No regret buying this ranger
Holds the road great, added some adjustable shocks changes the ride completely.
Could have done with more leg room.
Not too hard to maintain cause parts last really long. It's a great buy will encourage anyone to purchase this, too bad they don't make these anymore. T D C I
a great vehicle have not had any major problems apart from the 4WD shift motor that was eventualy re
First of I had a lot of trouble with 4WD would not engage even though I told them the problem (the Dealer) said they had years of knowledge and after spending a large amount of money on sensor's they finally contacted ford and were told it was the shift motor that I had told them months before and apparently 40 replacements were on route to Aussi so eventually problem fixed.
On service cost I to also gave ford the dealer the flick as a lot of the items in the service sheet were missed ,never done even wheels were never rotated a basic requirement
Ok So I bought a 2008 PJ Ranger 3 months ago. 3litre turbo diesel 4x4 dual cab and tub and it had 240thousand kms on it. Being a country boy living in the city suburbs I do a lot of trips back and fourth 600kms each way, and I do not have one bad thing to say about the Ranger except for the 70litre diesel tank on it. It really needs a 100litre fuel tank on it to get at least 800kms out of it. But at the moment with a 180kg steel bullbar on it I'm getting 550-600 out of 70 litres out of it.
But it now has 249thousand on it and I have done oil...change and all the filters, greased uni joints and a timing belt just to be safe!! I do use it for work and play as a 4x4 should be used and it is phenomenal in the bush with it being stock as a rock. Just needs a front diff locker and 33" muddies and it will beat any Landcruiser or Patrol in the bush!! It rides like a brick but you get that with any ute that has rear leaf suspension. Would of liked the interior of the cab to be spaced out a bit better but that's just minor, the motor as far as reliability goes, I say very reliable so far and the best part is when that turbo spools up at 1800r1800rmp. The torque on these things is unbelievable. Just watch the rainy days at a corner or roundabout in 2nd gear "I've had her sideways a fairbit but that's just part of the fun". Stock stereo is pretty good, just need to put some upgraded speakers in for the better quality of sound, especially when listening to Australian Crawl!! If you're looking for a ute for work and play and to cart the kids, buy a Ranger. But make sure you don't get one that was built on a Friday!! Cheers for reading this and yeah. Keep on trucking!!
Beware the Auto Transmission
I purchased my 2008 Automatic PJ Ranger new. I was mainly driving to work 45KMs each way Mon - Fri for about 4 years or so. Have slowed down on the KMs since then. At 165000 my automatic transmission failed. At first it became hard to take out of Park, drive or reverse due to the selector plate being too flimsy. Then it died altogether. Replaced it on 3/07/2013 with a reconditioned box at a cost of over $5000. Was told that it was a very common fault and that the Automatic specialists had them on the shelf ready.
Going great then 2...years later I was merging onto the Logan Motorway travelling at 80Ks, put my foot down to increase speed to 100Ks when I heard a bang and the tacho jumped to over 4000rpm and my "OD OFF" warning light was flashing. The auto didn't change up a gear. I got to my destination, then on the return trip home I discovered that it wouldn't change gears under any sort of load. It would only change on a down hill coast. At times I was driving at only 30-40KMs. This was at 275000 and exactly 2 years to the day, since replacing with a reconditioned tranny. So I get it towed to another auto specialist, this time they replaced the damaged parts. This time the bill was $3500. Glad to get it back, not happy without my wheels. I drive it about 500 metres up the road when the engine cuts out. I turn the ignition key to restart and the starter just spins and makes a loud whirring noise. I phone the auto transmission guys and they come to help me. They check it out and tell me that the timing belt is broken. I check my service book and discover that the timing belt was replaced at 232000 on 17/04/2014. It had only travelled about 45000Kms. So I get it towed back to the workshop that replaced the timing belt. I ask them to check with the seller of the timing belt kit about any claim that I can make and they tell me that as it was over 3 months ago, that I have no claim. You got to be kidding me. The Ford Ranger service manual says that the timing belt needs to be replaced every 120000. I had only done 45000. So I am now having to spend more money to get the engine repaired or replaced. They also said that the head gasket had blown and that it must have overheated. Well I can guarantee you that the temperature gauge never ever got hot. So I'm not very happy at the moment. As for tyres, it came standard with Michlins. I got about 160000 out of the original set of tyres.
Except for the amount of repairs and faults this is a great vehicle
Brought my 2007 ranger brand new, problems with the requested accessories that came with it. I brought the XL but asked for specific add on's to be fitted. 140 ltr long range tank, tub liner, bull bar, winch, weather shields, snorkel and a light mount behind the cab.
The 140 ltr requested was not fitted, instead I got a standard 120 ltr at the cost of a customs 140 ltr, The tub liner was very badly fitted and ended scratching the tub which then rusted out (found that little chestnut out earlier this year). After 2000km i noticed a rust spot o...
Good ute but don't count on the warranty
Over 150,000ks in my 2007 PJ Ranger, mostly without drama except for a new clutch at about 50,000. Clearly the original clutch was only good for running around town, not towing or other hard work. Ford refused to come to the party despite many other clutch failures being reported on various forums. Replacement under warranty seemed to depend on how big a client the owner was. Being told I might not have driven the manual vehicle appropriately was a bit rich; I'd only been doing it for 50 years!
Comfortable cruising and towing vehicle and also great around town.
50,000 ks out of a clutch is really poor. The replacement is obviously heavier duty and has done 100,000 ks plus including plenty of towing with no problems at all.
Ford Ranger 2007
We purchased second hand ford ranger took it for test drive when we put it into gear to drive it would have a slight kick back changing any gears,we were told all fords do a little kick back after we had it 3 months it was getting worse they told us to bring it in to look at it,assessment showed we needed gear box & it was out of warranty as we had done over 10,000 km. Okay a couple thousand total 4500.00 later & took us six months to pay it off then it ran out of registration while sitting there they would not have payment plan,lost my job & ...ford kept ringing & wanted to charge us a holding fee which thank god they didn't. Would I recommend buying a ford Ranger 2007 NO NO NO.The worst service provided by any car dealer I would never by another ford ever from kings-wood. twin cab deisel
08 PJ TurboDiesel Auto
Great! Has great fuel economy and tows so easily, never missed a beat and have done some long trips in it. Have owned 2 utes before (Rodeo and Hilux) and this is the best by a long shot. The ride is a little stiff and the interior can be harder to clean.
Fuel Eco, Power, Reliability
Suspension a little stiff
Bit of a Let Down
My 2007 XLT Auto Ranger only done 135,000 needed a new drive shaft, the spline was apparently flogged out, and when I contacted Ford was told basically stiff [word removed]. Over $800 dollars to replace, it has hardly been off-road and been serviced regularly. Not sure which I am more annoyed about, the fact that something I have never had occur in my life or their attitude, a BT50 with only 98,000 was getting the same thing fixed, so tell me??? I am currently looking for another ute and because of Ford's attitude am going to get an Isuzu, last Ford I ever buy.
I just bought a Ranger 08 the gearbox is worrying. What's the diff between XL and XLT
Gearbox plays up most times especially with air con on. What's the diff between XL and XLT? Not the best on fuel for a diesel. Airs not the best takes its time to cool. A lot of front tyre wear even after alignment. The truck only done 80000km.
Not bad for an automatic.
Only getting 500km on full tank long drive, tyre wear front nose in when full hook to park
2008 Turbodiesel PJ Hi-rider 4x2
This is a great truck so far, favorite one I've owned to date. It's great in diesel, has good fuel economy for a pickup and a lot of torque. It also seems to be built really solid and has really good clearance for a 4x2.
The interior is nice but has little "pores" in it which make it harder to clean, that's the only fault i can think of, and the pros of this truck make up for this greatly.
It carries heavy loads with ease, I use it to move cut up trees and have carried tonnes of soil in it, all very smoothly. I've previously owned a Toyot...a Hilux and a Holden Rodeo, both of which were okay (the Hilux better than Rodeo) but the Ranger seems to carry weight more effortlessly than both these, which really impressed me, especially since it was a little cheaper than other makers. Reliable, tough, great clearance for a 4x2, carries weight smoothly and was a few thousand cheaper than some other makers. Not much, interior can be a little hard to clean.
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PJ XLT 3.0L Turbo Diesel Ranger 2007: Built Tough - but you can break them!
Going to be a bit long winded, but it's gonna be good - here's what to expect up to 330000Km (yes).
How is it driven?
I drive long distances every day and drive through rough dirt roads, mud, tar, snow and hills. I tow a 2000kg caravan on occasions.
At 100000km, the bonnet catch broke (was one of the first to be replaced). Done under warranty - easy fix, new bracket installed. Been in there ever since.
At 200000km - it kept popping out of 5th gear. I drove it for another 40000km before taking it to the transmission guy. Apparently, th...e oil doesn't go through the sprocket and it slips out. The guy said the transmission are a very strong box except for that one gear. Disappointed - for a $200 part it cost $3600 to pull and reco the box, $3000 for a new clutch (that was trade price). At 270000km blew the head gasket. My understanding is it's not the head or the gasket but the ECR valve. Again $300 part, $5500 repair - what a joke. And I couldn't do anything about it but pay to have it fixed. Silly concept - running coolant through the valve. The valve leaks, overheats the engine, alloy head warps beyond repair. So new head, strip the old valves, gaskets and labour. My advice - change the ECR valve before 200000km and replace as a serviceable part like a timing belt.
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Hi I have a pj Ford ranger 3litre it has done 241000 kms. I have no engine light but it’s lacking boost. Only boosting to about 10 psi at about 3 and a half grand I have a plug and play block off but even without that it still does the same thing. Any ideas???
Hi its Adriaan I got a Ford Ranger d/c d 4x4 2007 it just stop dont want to move forwand or backwards with the Engine running in gear what can be the problem?
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